A national campaign for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food is being celebrated by Neponset Health Center on October 23rd 2014
Food Day, the nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, sustainable food and a better food system, takes place in all 50 states and Massachusetts organizers are planning over 600 hundred activities across the state to celebrate. This is Neponset Health Center’s second year organizing events to celebrate food day. Last year staff, patients and community member took part in the State’s first Apple Crunch, with apples provided by the Boston Area Gleaners, an organization that recues surplus farm crops.
This year the WOW team (Working on Wellness – a worksite wellness initiative), has several excited events planned. The Fresh Truck, a mobile farmers market where staff, patients, community members and WIC participants can buy fresh produce will stop at the Health Center at 10am. The State’s second Apple Crunch will take place at 12:15pm, where staff will be joined by kids from Pope John Paul Academy. An information booth will provide nutrition information, healthy recipes as well as blood pressure screening. Film screening which include Ted Talks on Food Justice as well as “The Weight of the Nation” documentary (HBO) which is intended to increase people’s awareness of the health risks of being obese will take place at the Health Center throughout day.
The WOW team at Neponset Health Center is working to spread the message of choosing healthy locally produced food and advocating for policies that support productive and respectful food systems.